With Bake Off judge Mary Berry presenting the prizes, and BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell doing interviews, Kop Hill Climb (run in aid of charity) certainly boasts a broad appeal.
Last year Kim Cattrall, this year Mary Berry – the organisers of Kop Hill Climb can’t be accused of going down the route of presenting the same ‘star names’ who’ve done the show circuits for years, heroes to the regular attendees and target audience, but largely anonymous outside their specialist sphere.
Whether that was part of the reason Kop Hill Climb (this year on September 17/18, 2016) was thronged with families young and old, a true 50/50 gender demographic and a totally different atmosphere to most classic events, it’s difficult to tell, but it can’t be a coincidence. Kop Hill Climb isn’t really like most ‘classic’ events – for a start, the actual ‘ride’ (or drive) is more about putting on a show than actual competition, for what the event is about – or feels to be about – is spreading the gospel and enjoyment of vehicles, old and new.
Read more in the December issue of TCM